• All music majors are required to participate in at least one major ensemble every semester. Specific ensemble requirements vary by degree. (See the course catalog.)
  • First year students are strongly discouraged from performing in more than one ensemble during a given semester.
  • CONCERT ATTIRE: Students performing in School of Music ensembles are expected to wear appropriate attire as specified by the conductor of the ensemble.
    • Choir, Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and the Treble Chorale have two specific uniforms: A specific black dress that is ordered through the school (worn with black hose or leggings and black closed toe shoes, and a single strand of pearls) and a black traditional tuxedo with white tuxedo shirt, black bow tie, and black socks. Students may choose which of these two uniforms they prefer to wear.


To audition for a choral ensemble, you will need to complete an audition card found HERE.

Upon completing the audition card, you will be redirected to a sign-up. Please read the instructions carefully before selecting a time.

Voice students:

  • Please sign up early in the audition schedule.
  • Submit a pre-recorded piece by noon on Sunday, January 24 via the Voice Area Sakai Dropbox (please contact slinfors@ithaca.edu to be added to the page).
  • Recommendation - art song, something that allows clarity of the voice to come through.  Selections outside the Western canon accepted and encouraged.
  • Pre-recorded accompaniment with pianist is accepted.
  • First year students may submit a piece from their college audition or record a new one.

*If you are not a voice student, but would like to be considered for Treble Chorale, Madrigal Singers, or Choir, please consider recording a prepared piece. You can upload this through OneDrive and share with slinfors@ithaca.edu.


The three areas, Strings, Percussion, and Winds/Brass will assign students to ensembles in one of two ways:

  • Strings and Percussion will be assigned directly by the appropriate applied faculty, using criteria appropriate to each area. 
  • Woodwind and Brass players will be assigned based on blind-listening to recordings submitted by each student of repertoire chosen by the applied faculty.
    • The panel reviewing auditions will consist of Prof. Cooper, Prof. Rochford, and the studio faculty members who teach your specific instrument

Woodwind and Brass players should note the following:

  • Audition excerpts/repertoire will be distributed via email from your studio teacher.
    • Any questions about this repertoire, including when it will be available, should be addressed directly to your teacher.
  • Audio recordings of this repertoire can be made at any time prior to the deadline
    • Your recording must be submitted to the appropriate assignment in this Sakai class BY MIDNIGHT OF JANUARY 22, 2021.

Guidelines for your audition audio recording:

  • Each excerpt should be a complete take, with no in-music edits
  • Your submitted recording should be a single audio file - all of your excerpt performances should arranged with minimal time between each (~2 seconds)
  • Your recording should NOT include announcements of excerpt titles or other identifying sounds 
  • The single recording file must have a filename in the following format:
    • (note: the order is important - it will expedite the audition process and provide you your ensemble placement more quickly).

The graduate students will retain anonymity by renaming all files so that each file is identifiable only by instrument and a number as the recordings are reviewed. The names associated with each recording will only be released following the evaluation of all auditionees.


For information on how to audition for an instrumental jazz ensemble, please click HERE.


Please check back for information on auditioning for a vocal jazz ensemble.


Questions on how to sign-up for your ensemble audition? Please contact Kitty Whalen in the Music Office (JJWCM 3322)